around london [s/s 2015]

why, sir, you find no man, at all intellectual, who is willing to leave London.
no, sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford

— samuel johnson

i’ve been living in london for six months now. it’s been very hectic since i set foot in the city. the pace of life takes some getting used to and i’ve found it important to use your time off productively. out of the office im in a perfect state to just wander around and soak up anything nice so i find the perfect thing to wind down to is a visit to a gallery, museum or show.

i aim to see at least two events on my day off in the week [i work a few saturdays a month]. i set myself a few rules before venturing out:

1. no public transport is allowed between venues [unless it’s raining].

2. sketches only, no photos

i find this little routine works well. i use citymapper only once to get my bearings. after that the whole point is to get lost! you’ll stumble upon so many neat little shops, alleyways and shortcuts. when i get to the place i have a little sketchbook with me and i’ll doodle a little detail or a small part of the exhibition. you’ll take in a lot more this way.

before i leave a place i take one souvenir snap and below are a few highlights of the last six months:


Walead Beshty  A Partial Disassembling of an Invention Without a Future: Helter-Skelter and Random Notes in Which the Pulleys and Cogwheels Are Lying Around at Random All Over the Workbench at The Curve, Barbican

Guy Bourdin – Image Maker at Somerset House. 


Alibis:Sigmar Polke 1963-2010 at Tate Modern 
Conflict, Time, Photography at Tate Modern


Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector at Barbican 
History is Now: 7 Artists Take on Britain at Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre 


Mackintosh Architecture at RIBA 
Marlene Dumas: The Image as Burdan at Tate Modern 


Jonathan Horowitz 304.8cm Paintings at Sadie Coles 
Secret 7″ at Somerset House 


Sony World Photography Awards 2015 at Somerset House 


Designs of the Year 2015 at Design Museum
Pick Me Up: Graphic Arts Festival 2015 at Somerset House 


What is Luxury? at V&A 
Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty at V&A

[no sketches allowed. but this is by far one of best things i’ve seen]


Life on Foot at Design Museum